Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86855
Authors: 
Portrait, France
Alessie, Rob
Deeg, Dorly
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 08-051/3
Abstract: 
The paper presents an approach which thoroughly assesses the role of early life and contemporaneous macro-conditions in explaining health at older ages. In particular, we investigate the role of exposure to infectious diseases and economic conditions during infancy and childhood, as well as the effect of current health care facilities. Specific attention is paid to the impact of unobserved heterogeneity, selective attrition and omitted relevant macro-variables. We apply our approach to self-reports on functional limitations of Dutch older individuals. Our analysis is performed using data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. The prevalence of functional limitations is found to increase in the nineteen-nineties, in part due to restricted access to hospital care.
Subjects: 
early life macro-conditions
contemporaneous macro-conditions
functional limitations
aging
JEL: 
I12
J11
J17
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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